Onward NRV Featured on A.M. Hodge Podge Radio Show

Onward NRV Featured on A.M. Hodge Podge Radio Show

Onward New River Valley was recently featured on the A.M. Hodge Podge Radio Show on WRAD. Charlie Jewell, Executive Director of Onward NRV, joined the hosts Mark Tapp and Keith Weltens at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center’s amphitheater to discuss the organization’s five-year economic development strategy for the region.

Charlie described how the implementation of the five-year strategy continues to be more important than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also discussed the effects of the pandemic on employment, the job market, and workforce development in Virginia’s New River Valley.

Listen to the entire interview on the A.M. Hodge Podge Radio Show below.

Interview Segment 1:

Interview Segment 2:

Learn more about Onward 2023, Onward NRV’s five-year strategy, here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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